Water management in the Argentine semiarid Chaco: a historical perspective on social-ecological systems

Authors
Arístide, Pablo
Publication Year
2016
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
This article explores how historical processes related to water management, land use and bio-geophysical conditions, would have structured the current socio-ecological situation at the Figueroa Irrigation System (Santiago del Estero, Argentina). The study focuses on a peasant community through an oral history approach. In addition, historic technical reports about irrigation systems and river dynamics, and other secondary information were reviewed and compared with local peasant testimonies. The results suggest that government actions?taken at regional level on the Salado River basin?had a negative impact on the local agro-ecosystem and on management that had been adapted to local ecosystem dynamics. This study proposes that past events still influence river dynamics and therefore land use and natural resources management of local peasants. The role of local historical perspectives is a key element to understand social-ecological system changes and to forecast future trajectories.
Fil: Arístide, Pablo. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Subject
PEASANTS
COMMON-POOL RESOURCES
IRRIGATION SYSTEM
LAND USE
EROSION
Ciencias Medioambientales
Geografía Económica y Social
CIENCIAS SOCIALES
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/59739